I’ve always loved September — it’s always felt a bit like January. Starting a new school term, going off to uni, moving to a different country… It’s a chance for renewal and fresh starts, a time to let go of what has been dragging you down and to set new goals for the remaining few months of the year. Getting married in September wasn’t exactly a conscious decision — we simply liked the idea of a late summer/early autumn wedding — but for me it made complete sense to enter this new chapter of our lives at this time of year.

Matt and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last weekend with a little camping trip to the Brecon Beacons — an area I’d been wanting to visit for a while. I love Wales. Every time I go there, I’m reminded of how beautiful it is and how warm the people are. Sure, if I lived there, I’d probably find a way of losing myself in all the hustle and bustle of daily life just as I would anywhere else, and the charm might wear off, but still, in a way, our trips to Wales always remind me of the value of slowing down and enjoying the moment.

We travelled on Friday afternoon and watched in awe as the sun slowly went down, bathing the Welsh countryside in beautiful golden light that made my photographer’s heart happy. I knew the forecast wasn’t great for the next day, but after seeing how beautiful the evening was, I clung to the hope that there had somehow been a mistake and the clouds would stay away. Still… We quickly set up our tent near Llangorse Lake, cooked some food then went to sleep — and of course woke up the next day under grey skies and steady rain. This didn’t dampen our spirits and we stuck to the plan: a walk in the Black Mountains!

In the spirit of travelling light, I’d only packed my Sony A7Rii and a Samyang 35mm pancake lens. I got the camera over the summer and only bought a few prime lenses to go with it (35, 50 and 85mm), and all I can say is that after spending most of the year shooting gigs and other events with a 24-70mm lens, sticking to fixed focal lengths is reminding me of the value of “zooming with your feet” and looking for other angles. 😉

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